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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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June 17, 1971

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mat'zy the apparent destruction of the old McReavy home in Union. The happenings high on the hill where stands the beloved old historical landmark deal with the artistries of restoration rather than with the agonies of demolition. The tremulous century-old roof, dangerous with dry-rot, has been torn away to be replaced by a new structure over a cut-down open-beamed interior with exposed ceilings of car decking. According to Charles Renecker of the Renecker Construction Company of Shelton who is in charge of the renovation, as many as possible of the original materials will be retained, and most of the replacements will be authentic in design and in keeping with the era in which the mansion was built. Old window frames, moulded and sagging, will be removed and new ones of metal will be installed. A new foundation will be built. New siding will be added if it is deemed necessary, and quite probably the inside walls will be covered with paneling. The beautiful mellow old cedar woodwork will be carefully removed, to be set in place once more upon the completion of the work. The solid brass hardware, originally imported from England, will continue to give service. New electrical wiring and new plumbing will be needed throughout the building, but the old-fashioned cast iron fixtures will remain in the two bathrooms. grand pianos, an upright piano, and an organ. There is an aged bird's eye maple desk, and many bookcases crammed with countless volumes. A round dining table and an ornately carved cupboard are stacked with odds and ends of ancient vintage. These and other heirlooms stand heavily shrouded in plastic as protection from the elements and from the dust as the corrective surgery proceeds. A shirt was found by Charles Renecker in an old trunk beneath the house. "It looked like it had just come from the laundry," he said. "The name 'McReavy' was marked in the neckband and the date '1875' was stamped on the cloth." There were also on the premises many magazines bearing dates in the 1800's. The magnificent architectural antique now receiving a second lease on life was built approximately 100 years ago, and was the residence of John McReavy who laid out, made, maintained and developed the town then known as Union City. His daughter, Helen, died more than a year ago and the death of her husband, Lud Andersen, occured last June. The heirs, according to Charles Renecker, have elected to utilize the money remaining in the estate for the purpose of preserving the McReavy home. The old, old house must unavoidably be altered to some extent in order for it to be safe for occupancy; but in one area, at itg pillaxs and porch, the sta'~0,ed as it is. glass squares in the wall above and The McReavy descendants 'was in the the days o4 ]ol",n and Fannie Gave McRea'q. THE McREAVY HOME, historical landmark in Union since the 1880's, was pictured in the Pan-American Exposition supplement of the Mason County Journal in 1901. ~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~I~~~l~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~uuu~I~u~u~uuu~~~u~~u~~~~~~uu~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~|~~~u~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~u~~~~~u~u~~~~~~~~u~u~~~~~~u~ut P. OOUCTIVE 1.4000 C, NAL 5E/ -RUtt GUTTI.IIZOKT FISHING AGr.=A5 ~d.,~ 17 5,754 =~mu~=== LEG K 1,4 0 PRODUCTIVE WATER% ~u~Hi~H~HH~H~~~~~H~H~~~u~ii~H~ Page S-12- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 Trout fishermen in Mason County streams draining into Hood Canal south of Lilliwaup are requested to cooperate in a "creel census" being carried on by John Hisata, resident biologist at the Skokomish Valley State Trout Hatchery. During May 200,000 legal sea-run cutthroat trout were released, each of the fish being marked by removal of either the right or left ventral fin or the adipose fin. Hisata is maintaining a constant check of the streams to contact fishermen and present them with postage-paid and addressed cards. Returned cards will enable him to evaluate the rate of catch and growth of the fish and to determine whether or not they are migrating. The numbers of fish planted this year were as follows: Skokomish River 60,000; Union River 25,000; Mission Creek 10,000; Tahuya River 15,000; DeWatto Creek 15,000; Lilliwaup 10,000; Hamma Hamma River 25,000, Potlatch Power Station 25,000. The planted fish are about nine inches in size. Holdovers from 1970 when the "creel census" project started will run considerably larger. The life cycle of sea-run cutthroat resembles that of steelhead. They enter fresh water streams from salt water, spawn in late January or February, then move back to sea in the spring. The fry remain in the streams about a year until they are four to six inches long, then seek salt water to participate in the annual cycle, returning in the fall. "Going to see the rhododendrons" is a delightful late spring experience which annually draws thous- ands of visitors to Mason County. These pale pink wild blossoms massed in spectac- ular profusion beneath the firs and maples start bloom- ing in May, are at their peak around Memorial Day, then start tapering off in early June. They may be seen in the uplands bordering the west side of Hood Canal where they axe particularly beautiful amid young firs on Christm stree lands. It's a good idea to get a Forest Service map, avail- able at the Shelton or Hoodsport ranger's offices, or better yet to acquire a reliable local guide. / Offering Complete Beauty Service Specializing in high styling, permanent wavin.q and hair cutting OPERATED BY liON KEEN & BOB GALSTER Open 9-9 Man. thru Fri.-Sat 9-5 HEAD HUNTER'S 114S. 4th 426-1712 Complete Seafood Menu a/so Breakfast Steaks Salads Sandwiches Open Daily 6 a.m. -- 2 a.m. Sunday noon 'til midnight Sturgeon Seafood House Cocktails in the Blue Dolphin P, oom 2nd 8, Cota This shipment of aircraft maintenance stands, being trucked out of the Certified Manufacturing plant at the Shelton airport, is part of an order of 26 stands destined for delivery to a Canadian airline. The stands are one of numerous products fabricated at the plant for aircraft, boat and other industries. They are being sold to airlines in the United States, Israel, and Spain. Among the Certified's airline customers are Continental, Pan-Am, American and Northwest. At the Airport Pb0~ 426.2626 Thursday, June 17, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-8t